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We are happy to provide several resource documents and reports to help you successfully complete your work when the gifts of organ and tissue donation are being given. You may want to reference the Medical Examiner/Coroner Case Clearance Guidelines, developed by the Medical Examiner and Coroner Advisory Committee (MEAC) with the goal of facilitating the recovery of organs for transplant without compromising the determination of cause and manner of death.
With every organ donor we provide a post-operative organ recovery report. The post-operative organ recovery report is a detailed account the organs recovered, surgical notes from recovery and plans for tissue and eye recovery options. We collect this high level of detail to ensure the health of the organs and tissues recovered for transplant and to assist you in your investigation.
With every tissue donor where autopsy will follow recovery, we provide a pre-autopsy tissue donor information form. This important form provides documentation of injury, detailed heart recovery information and a copy of the donor’s physical assessment.
In addition to these reports, we also provide pre-recovery photos for both organ and tissue donors, blood samples for toxicology and a cardiac pathology report when the heart is recovered for valves. The donor’s detailed medical and social history can also be made available to you upon request to enhance your investigation.
We recognize that the medical examiner and coroner community plays a key role in the organ and tissue procurement process for transplantation. To read NAME’s position paper on the Medical Examiner Release of Organs and Tissues for Transplantation, click here.
For more information or to see a sample of the post-operative report or the pre-autopsy tissue donor information form, please contact Melinda at 612.800.6100 or 1.888.536.6283.